The Fightin' Texas Aggie Band
College Histories
8.25 x 10.75, 182 pp.
11 color photos., 121 b&w photos.
Pub Date: 08/01/1994
Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University
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The Fightin' Texas Aggie Band

By Donald B. Powell and Mary Jo Powell

They always win the halftime. Members of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band, embodying the spirit, camaraderie, and excellence of the school they represent, have marched and played proudly for one hundred years. Here is the story of the music, the precision, the tradition of that exceptional band.

Illustrated with 121 black and white photographs and eight pages of color pictures of bands and band members past and present, this lively history pays tribute to the bandmasters and musicians who have made the organization the pulse of the spirit of Aggieland. Organized around the tenure of its founder, Joseph Holick, and its directors—Richard J. Dunn, E. V. Adams, Joe T. Haney, and Ray E. Toler, the men who became "The Colonel" to generations of Aggie Band members—the book marches through a century of tradition and excellence.

From the birth of the band, through the development of its marching style and its stirring, distinctive music, to its most recent triumphs of precision maneuvers and military music, the story is as bold and bright as the band itself. War years, fish bands, boots, band lyres, corps trips, parades, and other traditions known and loved by former band members and other former students of Texas A&M University fill the book's pages. An appendix lists all of the band's seven thousand-plus present and former members.

This is a story of the determination, discipline, and enduring pride that rests deep in the heart of those young men and women who have been tough enough, proud enough, and good enough to be "The Noble Men of Kyle."

Donald B. Powell is director of Business Services at Texas A&M University and 1993-94 president of the Texas Aggie Band Association. Mary Jo Powell is associate director of University Relations at Texas A&M University.

What Readers Are Saying:

"All told, the book is a valuable record of one of Texas A&M University's most valued and respected organizations. While most would readily agree that explaining the meaning, the devotion and the spirit of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band to someone who hasn't seen it or experienced is a futile exercise, this volume helps do that in a comprehensible, enjoyable manner." --Texas Aggie

" . . . this history not only pays tribute to bandmasters and musicians who have made the organization, but it assists an outside in understanding the source of the spirit of Aggieland that helps build community on a large campus. . . . Every Texas Aggie should have a copy of this book. . . . Even this reviewer, who truly bleeds orange, enjoyed it and silently applauds: `Gig 'em Aggies!" --Margaret C. Berry


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